Myanmar’s remote Wa State suffers as fewer Chinese come to party

In a remote casino in northeastern Myanmar, China’s pervasive campaign against graft has taken its toll. Hundreds of local traders and farmers place petty bets as low as 10 cents, outnumbering a few Chinese who were once the VIPs of a gambling hall decorated with chandeliers and Renaissance-style paintings. “The business has been really bad […]

Remote Myanmar Gets Ready For Tourism Boom

​​ After a decades-long blanket ban on tourists, Kayah State in eastern Myanmar has opened up to the outside world. Travellers are pouring in to get a glimpse of its untouched beauty. As Pichayada Promchertchoo reports, the remote state is hoping to develop a tourist industry without losing its charm. LOIKAW, Myanmar: U La Yu is scraping […]

Drugs, Money and Wildlife in Myanmar’s Most Secret State

The remote Wa region of Shan state in Myanmar’s east is a place few outsiders have seen. The people who live in this unofficial, effectively autonomous state within Myanmar used to be called the Wild Wa, and as the BBC’s Jonah Fisher found, drugs, money and the wildlife trade are flourishing. Wa state is one […]

US restores GSP benefits to Myanmar

US president Barack Obama has signed a proclamation reinstating Myanmar’s (formerly Burma) eligibility for benefits under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) programme as of November 13, 2016. Since Myanmar is a least developed country (LDC), it will be able to export approximately 5,000 products to the US duty-free under this programme. The trade preference benefits were restored after […]

Myanmar’s Radical Buddhist Group Gets Rebuked

Myanmar’s nationalist Buddhist group known as The Committee for the Protection of Nationality and Religion (Ma Ba Tha) has suddenly found itself losing support from government officials and the online community. First, Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein boldly declared in public that Ma Ba Tha is “unnecessary and redundant” since there is […]

Yangon opens first water theme park

  Yangon’s first water theme park, the Yangon Waterboom, held its opening ceremony on the morning of 28 February. The ceremony was attended by the chief minister of Yangon, Yangon’s mayor, officials from the Yangon City Development Committee, as well as guests from embassies and the United Nations, business owners and local celebrities. The park […]

UN Hails Myanmar’s Historic New Parliament

The UN has added its powerful voice of support for the dramatic leadership changes happening now at all levels in Myanmar’s government. When U.Thant of Burma (now Myanmar) was elected UN Secretary-General back in November 1962, he was the first Asian to hold that post after Trygve Lie of Norway and Dag Hammarskjold of Sweden. […]

From icon to politician – As Myanmar changes, so does Suu Kyi

When Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi spoke warmly on a recent radio show about a critical meeting that followed her landslide election victory, she was referring to talks with the very man who had detained her for 15 years. Listeners might have been surprised by the Nobel peace laureate’s gentle tone towards Than Shwe, former […]

Myanmar to pursue sustainable garment sector

Myanmar is projected by Asian Development Bank to be a middle-income country by 2030 as the country’s political and economic arenas undergo reforms to meet new challenges, said Aung Tun Thet, economic adviser to President Thein Sein at a seminar titled “Sustainable Development of Asia’s Garment and Textile Industry” in Yangon. The seminar was sponsored […]

Myanmar aims to reduce poverty level by 10%

YANGON: Myanmar aims to reduce its poverty level by an ambitious 10 per cent to 16 per cent by next year. Myanmar’s Vice President Nyan Tun made the announcement to some 8,000 workers at a rural development event in Yangon. Earning just US$2 a day is common for many in Myanmar, and the government wants […]